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Ed Gillespie, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Endorsed by Virginia Retail Merchants Association

Tuesday, October 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Ed Gillespie, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Endorsed by Virginia Retail Merchants Association

The Commonwealth's oldest statewide retail association stands behind Ed Gillespie.

 (Richmond, VA) – Ed Gillespie has received the endorsement of the Virginia Retail Merchants Association (VRMA), the premier trade association for the retail community across Virginia. "VRMA is pleased to endorse Ed Gillespie for Governor.  Working at the family store, he could not help but learn about retailers’ daily concerns,” said VRMA’s long-standing Executive Director Laurie Aldrich“A new administration led by Mr. Gillespie will make it easier to survive and thrive as a brick and mortar retailer.”

Aldrich continues, “VRMA and the free enterprise system go hand in hand. Ed has outlined his vision to grow Virginia’s economy and protect Virginia’s free enterprise policies. While VRMA may not agree with his position on raising Virginia’s larceny threshold, we wholeheartedly support Ed’s tangible plans to reform Virginia’s regulatory climate, streamline business formation, and reform occupational licensing. We stand ready to help Mr. Gillespie in his efforts to remove barriers to job creation for all Virginians.”

Speaking about the endorsement, Ed Gillespie said, "I grew up in a small business -- our family grocery store. In my family, when you turned twelve years old, you got a birthday cake, a present, and a four-hour shift at the JC Market. I learned the value of hard work there and understand the challenges small businesses face. I am committed to making it easier to start and grow a small business in Virginia, and I have put forward policies to provide much-needed tax relief, reform Virginia’s regulatory climate, and spur economic growth. I am proud to accept the endorsement of the Virginia Retail Merchants Association and look forward to working with them as governor."

VRMA’s Director of Government Affairs Petrina Jones adds, “Retailers spend too much time fighting excessive regulations instead of expanding and creating jobs. We support Ed’s plan to speed up local tax reform by effectuation of a sunset of the BPOL tax, the machinery and tools tax, and the merchants’ capital tax.“

VRMA is a non-profit trade association, formed in 1905 to improve the business climate for all retailers across Virginia.


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